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Thursday, June 20, 2019

Be prepared for severe weather

The City of Westminster has about 2.6 first responders per 1,000 residents. While this ratio of responders to residents is sufficient to meet our routine emergency needs, it is essential that the public take personal responsibility to be prepared for blizzards, floods and other community disasters.

No one wants to be a victim, but when you ignore warnings from the National Weather Service or local agencies, you greatly increase the probability you will end up dialing 911.

The city’s most frequent community emergencies and potential disaster are severe winter or summer storms. These weather events can make driving dangerous, cause power outages, damage property and endanger your life.

The best way to avoid becoming a victim is to pay attention to warning information, keep an eye on the weather, have an emergency plan, and maintain a 72-hour kit at home, in your car and at work.

Most of Colorado’s weather hazards come with ample warning time to allow you to go grocery shopping, restock your medication and oxygen supplies, visit the ATM and gas up your car. When a dangerous situation is imminent, you will be advised to either shelter-in-place if you are safe, or evacuate if you are not safe. If you or your family, friends or employees have special needs, be sure to take these needs into consideration in emergency preparedness.

A great way to show your appreciation of our first responders is by doing your part to avoid becoming a victim. Be aware, be prepared and be safe!

To learn more, please visit our Emergency Management web page at and follow us on Facebook.

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